STAFF PROFILE | AMANDA THOMAS

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Staff Profile | Amanda Thomas

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What is your role with TLISC?
General Manager – Strategy and Policy

When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I joined the industry as a shipping clerk my first year out of high school – working on the wharves in Sydney. Since then I have worked in an array of front-line and corporate roles in operations, industrial relations, HRM / OH&S, and Learning and Development.

These roles span diverse businesses ranging from Shipping to Waste Management, Export/Import, Aviation, Road Transport, and Armoured Car Security.

How did you become part of the VET industry?
I didn’t walk fast enough past a door – the request from my boss to get the organisation ready for its first enterprise RTO audit was apparently too good to refuse. The audit was 8 weeks later and I had never seen a competency standard let alone know what a Training Package was. Almost 5,000 trainees and 7 years later I was managing the full scale review of the Aviation Training Package as an employee of TLISC.

Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
After school I worked for 4 years in shipping and export businesses before deciding to do my first University degree. Once I graduated I worked for the ATO for three years in OH&S and Workers Compensation. Looking around for a new challenge I was interviewed by a recruiter for a job in materials handling, which saw me back in the T&L industry and I have been here ever since.

What training and education have you undertaken?
I have University qualifications in Applied Science; Health, Safety and Environmental Management; and Research and Social Policy. I have VET qualifications in Training and Assessment and Laboratory Science. I’m not finished yet – I love learning new things.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Do what you are passionate about – I love the people that work in the Transport and Logistics Industry, they never cease to amaze me with their commitment and endeavour.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The opportunity to profile the importance of the transport and logistics workforce and the vital role they play enabling every other sector of the economy. Showcasing the benefits employers reap through investing in upskilling their workforce runs a close second. That I get to do this with a great bunch of people who are equally passionate is a bonus.

How do you spend your time away from work?
Trying to keep up with my sons who have more energy than any two humans I have ever known. Remembering occasionally to smell the roses while I am racing about. Day dreaming about sleeping more.

Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
Cheese (but not cheesecake), and nothing beats floating in the ocean.